How to Recover from a Rough Patch

I’ve been a little bummed out.  Nothing major, just that stuck in a mental rut feeling.

And I don’t think anyone should do what they don’t want to do.  We should only do things that we want.

You may say:  “But then I would just sit around eating ice cream all day long!”

Would you really???  too much ice cream

So my big question and desire was HOW on earth do I get out of this mental rut?

 

Step 1:  Step away from the junk food.

Junk food is

  • foods you can’t pronounce
  • foods you can’t grow or farm
  • foods made in a factory out of chemicals
  • foods made by scientists and geneticists

[tweetthis]How profound is the feeling you get when you realize that the foods you eat are more than just fuel for tomorrow’s poops?[/tweetthis]

Joking aside, foods affect more than your digestive tract.  Foods affect your mental attitude, your joints, your hormones, your skin, and well, just about everything else inbetween.

 

Step 2:  Relish the moment.

Notice that I didn’t say “enjoy” the moment.  If you’re feeling depressed, you’re not necessarily enjoying anything.  But just allow yourself to feel how you feel without judgement.  Then it can pass.

80% of the beautiful lotus flower is in the mud.  New growth can only happen after the old forest burns down.  The best lessons learned are sometimes the most painful growing phases.

Don’t be afraid to let things go:

  • Say “adios” to dysfunctional relationships without batting an eye
  • Don’t commit to projects you are not totally excited about
  • Purge your emails and “unsubscribe” with abandon (except to my newsletter!  you would make me cry if you left!)
  • Take a vacation away from Facebook and the news

 

Step 3:  Recommit to what you want in your life

I think New Year’s Resolutions are lame.  Only because most of them don’t effect any lasting change and tend to just make you feel bad about yourself.

Instead, focus on what you want to feel.  What sorts of people do you want to be around?  How do you want to be appreciated?  How do you want to be of service?  How do you want to feel in your body?

Then, when you make a decision about something, run it through this filter.  “Is this in tune with what I really want in my life now?  With how I want to feel?”  If the answer is “no,” then return to step 2.

 

Now I need your help:  What is one area of your life that you need to “Let Go” of?  Then, what is one feeling you want to cultivate more?  Let me know in the comments below…

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